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The Chautauqua Writers’ Festival is partnering with VIDA to offer one full-tuition fellowship for women or nonbinary writers of color. Tuition is typically $550. The selected fellows will enroll in a June 19-22 workshop with either Marie-Helene Bertino (fiction), Michael Martone (fiction), Alex Marzano-Lesnevich (nonfiction), Jill McDonough (poetry), or Khadijah Queen (poetry). 

VIDA is a non-profit feminist organization committed to creating transparency around the lack of gender parity in the literary landscape and to amplifying historically-marginalized voices, including people of color; writers with disabilities; and queer, trans and gender nonconforming individuals. 

Applications must be submitted by the end of the day on Monday, May 20. The winner enjoys all the dining/lodging discounts other registrants do, as well as a complimentary Buffalo airport shuttle (if flying).

In 2019, we are delighted to additionally offer a housing/meals scholarship for June 19-29 should the winner also wish to enroll in either a prose workshop with Jeffery Renard Allen or a poetry workshop with Martha Collins, both offered June 24-28 through Chautauqua Writers’ Center (for $135). In short, the winner has the option of a limited stay with a steep hotel discount (see terms of use) or an extended stay with free dormitory housing and cafeteria dining.

The 2019 Writers’ Festival takes place from June 19 to 22 on the historic grounds of Chautauqua Institution in Western New York. In addition to four workshop meetings as a class, workshop participants receive one individual consultation with that same faculty member, as well as access to all other Writers’ Festival programs. These include faculty readings, panel discussions and breakout sessions exploring various facets of the Festival theme, “Writing and Reclamation,” and Jericho Brown’s keynote address also addressing that theme.

Panels and breakout sessions will explore topics like coopted historical and personal narratives, the recuperative promise of poetry, and the teaching of creative writing. The festival is being cosponsored by Catapult, the Academy of American Poets, Just Buffalo, Wick Poetry Center, and VIDA.

Fellowships will be chosen by the Writers’ Festival director, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram. Bertram is the author of four books of poetry (most recently Travesty Generator) and teaches in the MFA Creative Writing program at UMass-Boston.